Nov 242010
 November 24, 2010  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Janice Tibbetts reports on a Canadian court ruling mentioned previously on this blog:

The right to privacy in one’s home is not absolute, the Supreme Court of Canada said Wednesday in a ruling that allowed police to conscript a Calgary power company to collect details of a customer’s electricity use to determine if he was growing marijuana.

In a sharply divided decision, the court split into three camps on whether it violates a consumer’s constitutional right to privacy to force commercial service providers to help out police when they do not have search warrants.

“The Constitution does not cloak the home in an impenetrable veil of privacy,” Justice Marie Deschamps wrote in the lead opinion.


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